Larkin Avenue Baptist Church
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our Basic Beliefs

LARKIN AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH ARTICLES OF FAITH

 

1.  The Scriptures

 

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

 

2.  God

           

There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all.  To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.

 

3.  Trinity

 

God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct person attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

 

4.  Providence

 

God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all  events, yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. 

 

5.  Election

 

Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life (not because of  foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ)  in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified.

 

6.  The Fall of Man

 

God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin.  Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, fell from original holiness and righteousness, whereby his posterity inherits a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become actual transgressors.

 

7.  The Mediator

 

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man, having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin.  He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners.  He was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father at whose right He ever liveth to make intercession for His people.  He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

 

8.  Regeneration

 

Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature so that they love and practice holiness.  It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

 

9.  Repentance

 

Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.

 

10.  Faith

 

Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life.  It is wrought in the heart of the Holy Spirit, is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.

 

11.  Justification

 

Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ from all sin through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them,  but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith. 

 

12.  Sanctification

 

Those who have been  regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them.  This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.

 

13.  Perseverance of the Saints

 

Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved and sanctified by His Spirit will  never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end.  Though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

 

14.  The Church

 

The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government.  According to His commandment Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches.  To each of these churches he hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline, and worship which He hath appointed.  The regular officers of a Church are Bishops or Elders (pastors), and Deacons.

 

15.  Baptism

 

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God to live and walk in newness of life.  It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.

 

16.  The Lord’s Supper

 

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine (fruit of the vine), and to be observed by his churches till the end of the world.  It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.

  

17.  The Lord’s Day

 

The Lord’s day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion both public and private, resting from worldly employment’s and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted.

  

18.  Liberty of Conscience

 

God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it.  Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

 

19.  Resurrection

 

The bodies of man after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God:  the righteous to rest with Him;  the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment.  At the last day the bodies of all the dead, both the just and unjust, will be raised.

 

20.  The Judgment

 

God hath appointed a day wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to His deeds:  The wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.

 

21. Sexual Behavior 

Scripture condemns the following: Sexual immorality, such as the use of pornography (Matt. 5:27-28), pre-marital sex, adultery, homosexual behavior, and all other sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage between a man and a woman (Rom. 1:21-27; I Cor. 6:9-10; Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31)

 

Our Doctrinal Reference Guide can be found here.